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bi·o·de·grad·a·ble

 (bī′ō-dĭ-grā′də-bəl)
adj.
Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria: a biodegradable detergent.

bi′o·de·grad′a·bil′i·ty n.
bi′o·deg′ra·da′tion (-dĕg′rə-dā′shən) n.
bi′o·de·grade′ v.
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biodegrade

(ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪd)
vb
to decompose (something)
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bi•o•de•grade

(ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪd)

v.i. -grad•ed, -grad•ing.
to decay and become absorbed by the environment.
[1970–75]
bi`o•deg`ra•da′tion (-ˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.biodegrade - break down naturally through the action of biological agentsbiodegrade - break down naturally through the action of biological agents; "Plastic bottles do not biodegrade"
molder, moulder, rot, decompose - break down; "The bodies decomposed in the heat"
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Translations

biodegrade

[ˌbaɪədɪˈgreɪd]
A. VTbiodegradar
B. VIbiodegradarse
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